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  • BNCOC Graduation at Walter Reed

    03/23/2008 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Caoilfhionn · 1 replies · 240+ views
    bncoc training graduation at Walter Reed We need to get as many people as possible to this graduation next Friday (March 28) to honor these first wounded troops who have gone through the course. (Hat tip Denis Keohane for the pic and summation.) This is incredible! Through email, and the blog, here. Background: I'm doing this in OPORD format, since most of us know that format the best. SITUATION: I was contacted today through work by SFC Barry Nelson, US Army, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is the Senior Group Leader of the Basic Non-Commission Officers Course...
  • Man Mugged While Training for Army Test (Slashed in Central Park)

    03/22/2008 9:48:30 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 780+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 3/22/2008 | n/a
    NEW YORK - Knife-wielding muggers attacked a jogger running in Central Park to prepare for an Army physical fitness test, police and his family said. "I'm in a lot of pain," Johnny Reberon, 23, said as he returned from a hospital Friday to his Manhattan home. He was slashed in the arm and leg by two men who accosted him around 8:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. His mugging was near the park road where a 28-year-old investment banker was found after being attacked while jogging on April 19, 1989. She became known worldwide as "the Central Park jogger." Reberon's attackers...
  • Small soldier gets his wish

    03/21/2008 5:40:04 PM PDT · by dbehsman · 24 replies · 622+ views
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | 3-21-08 | George P. Slefo
    FORT HOOD – Five-year-old Gaven Cox was given one wish to do anything he wanted. Instead of asking to go to Sea World or to meet Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gaven modestly asked for some McDonald's food. The child's parents laughed and told him to make another choice. "He told us he wanted to be an Army soldier," said Melissa Heminger, Gaven's mom. "I was a little bit surprised that he asked for McDonald's, but in reality, he wanted to be a soldier since he was 3." Gaven, who is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted one wish by...
  • KATHERINE JENERETTE GRADUATES from US ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL

    03/21/2008 1:26:29 PM PDT · by kjenerette · 115 replies · 3,203+ views
    North Myrtle Beach Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Editor
    North Myrtle Beach Times - page 8, Thursday, March 20, 2008Jenerette Completes School KATHERINE JENERETTE GRADUATES from US ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL Former North Myrtle Beach Planning Commissioner, U.S. Army Lieutenant Katherine Jenerette recently graduated from the U.S. Army's Airborne school at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Airborne officers are considered to be among the Army's most valuable combat officers. Every member of the Rangers and Special Forces - two of the Army's most elite corps - is airborne qualified.Information about the Airborne school states: Throughout the fast-moving course of instruction, mental alertness and physical conditioning are emphasized and Airborne School is...
  • Guerrilla Turned Housewife Out of Jail

    03/21/2008 10:25:06 AM PDT · by bluerose · 19 replies · 741+ views
    AP ^ | 3-21-08 | DAISY NGUYEN
    LOS ANGELES (March 21) - After serving six years in prison for trying to bomb police cars in the 1970s, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson has been released on parole and reunited with the family she hid with for years. Olson, 61, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, walked out of the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla on Monday, state Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Sessa said. In 2001, Olson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to bomb Los Angeles police cars in 1975 with the SLA, the urban guerrilla group...
  • Political Theatre of the Absurd (Even the left is sick of Code Pink!)

    03/19/2008 8:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,669+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | March 18, 2008 | Paul Waldman
    A few months ago, a day before one of the occasional marches the Capital sees demanding an end to the Iraq War, I began the descent into the Metro stop near my office, looked up, and saw a number of representatives of Code Pink standing at the railing overlooking the escalator. Or rather, I heard them first. They were screaming at the parade of commuters, at the top of their lungs and in a tone somewhere between simple frustration and righteous anger, "End the war!!!" Well, I thought, that ought to take care of things. Good work, hippies! I kid...
  • Remember me

    03/19/2008 5:31:46 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 12 replies · 1,035+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | salena zito
    Remember Me By Salena Zito Time punishes war. The war in Iraq is no exception; as each moment passes, public resolve, politics and passion erode its mission. Collectively, many Americans tend to remember the mistakes and politics that led us there, rather than the faces of the men and women who serve and defend us. Seven months ago, Lizzie Palmer, a young lady from Columbus, Ohio, barely over the threshold of childhood, felt compelled to do her part to remind people of those faces. The result is a stunning video that was showcased on Chris Wallace's Fox News Sunday last...
  • Army Seeks DNA Samples from Families of MIA Soldiers

    03/19/2008 4:47:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 108+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2008 – More than 6,300 families need to be located to collect DNA samples for the purpose of identifying missing soldiers from World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, a U.S. Army official said yesterday. The military maintains a database of mitochondrial DNA samples from family members of missing-in-action soldiers in the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab, Army Lt. Col. Julius Smith, chief of past conflict repatriation for Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, said during a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers.” Smith explained that the DNA samples help the Army identify missing...
  • Girl Opens Birthday Present, Finds Soldier Stepdad Inside

    03/19/2008 12:13:49 PM PDT · by Cagey · 72 replies · 2,409+ views
    KIRO TV NEWS ^ | 3-19-2008
    SANFORD, Mich. -- At her seventh birthday party, Amber Birdsall thought the huge gift box wrapped in pink paper likely hid a pair of bicycles. She was wrong. Inside was something she wanted even more -- her stepfather, a soldier who had been deployed overseas. "This is way better than bikes," Amber said. The surprise began a few weeks ago when Amber told her inquiring mother that all she wanted for her birthday was to have her stepfather return home from serving 10 months in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her mother, Trisha Johnson, 34, relayed Amber's wish to her 39-year-old husband...
  • U.S. Army Isn't Broken After All, Military Experts Say

    03/19/2008 8:47:50 AM PDT · by LoneStarGI · 31 replies · 1,052+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | Jennifer Griffin
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year ago, as President Bush decided to send more troops to Iraq, the conventional wisdom in Washington among opponents of the war was that the U.S. Army was on the verge of breaking. In December 2006 former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell warned, "The active Army is about broken." Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey, in a much-cited memo to West Point colleagues, wrote: "My bottom line is that the Army is unraveling, and if we don’t expend significant national energy to reverse that trend, sometime in the next two...
  • Army campaign to boost public support

    03/17/2008 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Rikstir · 6 replies · 221+ views
    bbc news online ^ | 17th March 08 | bbc news
    The Army has launched a publicity campaign costing an estimated £2m to encourage public support for UK soldiers. (note to thread: the next point are ones that I have picked out from larger article. You can view the entire article @ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7300626.stm)Rikstir ...The campaign, which is being launched just days before the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion and is entitled "To the Best", aims to share stories of the work troops do. It includes a website where messages of support can be left... ...Last year, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, expressed concerns about "the growing...
  • German police shoot U.S. soldier dead

    03/15/2008 1:52:07 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 109 replies · 5,127+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Mar 14 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier stationed in southern Germany was shot dead by police after threatening an ex-girlfriend and then going on the run armed with an assault rifle, authorities said on Friday. The 30-year old, who was serving in the 2nd, "Dagger," brigade of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, broke into the woman's house late on Thursday, threatened her and tied her up, police in the Bavarian region of Unterfranken said. She was able to free herself and alerted the police, who began a search using a commando unit and a helicopter equipped with thermal imaging equipment. Officers...
  • Evict the military recruitment station, cage the recruiters!

    03/12/2008 12:28:06 PM PDT · by concretebob · 97 replies · 2,252+ views
    Pittsburgh Organizing Group ^ | 12 March 2008 | Pittsburgh Organizng Group
    On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march to a modern day castle of abominations—our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We'll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors. Of course, the station may be closed and recruiters may flee or hide behind the police apparatus that enables the war to continue. That is often...
  • (Vice President)Cheney says US needs missile defense

    03/11/2008 11:09:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 577+ views
    The News Observer ^ | March 12, 2008 | Tom Raum
    WASHINGTON - Borrowing a theme from the presidential contest, Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday that the possibility of a 3 a.m. emergency call to the White House is all the more reason for the next commander in chief to follow through on President Bush's plans for a national missile defense. "It's plain to see that the world around us gives ample reason to continue working on missile defense," Cheney told the conservative Heritage Foundation at a dinner recognizing the 25th anniversary of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, a proposed network of rockets capable of shooting down incoming intercontinental ballistic...
  • Face of Defense: Army Wife Makes Most of Long Separations

    03/11/2008 5:27:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 312+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Jon Fleshman
    VICENZA, Italy, March 11, 2008 – Friends, yoga, a family support group, online courses, a trip to England and a toddler lifted 24-year-old Samantha Windell out of her funk when her husband, Chase, went to war. Samantha Windell and her 14-month-son Damion check for messages on their computer from their deployed soldier, Spc. Chase Windell. Photo by Krista Brown  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The first few months after my husband deployed were miserable,” Windell admitted from her home in Bamberg, Germany. “I wanted to stay at home the whole time.” When Spc. Chase Windell deployed to Afghanistan...
  • Gang Members Get Trained in the Army

    03/10/2008 5:44:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1,436+ views
    New American Media ^ | March 9, 2008 | Claudia Núñez
    While hundreds of Mexican soldiers are deserting the army to join drug trafficking gangs, California is facing the opposite problem: A growing number of gang members here have infiltrated the U.S. Armed Forces in order to receive military training. The numbers speak for themselves: In 2003 there were just 16 incidents of gang members in the U.S. Armed Forces, while in 2006 the total was 10,309, according to the study, "Gang-Related Activity in the U.S. Armed Forces Increasing," released in 2007 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Twenty-two official entities, including the Los Angeles Police Department, participated in the...
  • Army helps build mosque

    03/10/2008 5:25:29 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 15 replies · 446+ views
    Blackpool Gazette ^ | 10 March 2008 | Heather Butler
    A TEAM of Fylde soldiers is building bridges in Afghanistan. Troops from the Weeton-based Second Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 Yorks) arranged for the construction of a new mosque for members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Helmand province. Local soldiers in the Shorabak Training Facility, near Camp Bastion, were without a place of worship when the project got underway in September. The British Provincial Reconstruction Team arranged funding and a formal plan for the construction work. It also assigned a representative to oversee the build. Major Marc Steventon, 2 Yorks Quartermaster at Camp Tombstone, was project manager on...
  • [Sean]Penn,[Cindy]Sheehan,Gonzalez to Address March 16th Peace Vigil in San Francisco (FReep?)

    03/10/2008 9:33:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 786+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | March 8, 2008
    SAN FRANCISCO, Actor Sean Penn and Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan will headline "Iraq: 5 Years Too Many", an event marking the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Also featured will be Reverend Gregory Stewart, Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church; Matt Gonzalez, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and Justin Raimondo, Editorial Director of Antiwar.com. The program will begin at 5pm on Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street (near Geary) in San Francisco. After the speakers finish, attendees will march to the War Memorial Auditorium on Van Ness...
  • How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives

    03/09/2008 5:52:04 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 19 replies · 1,490+ views
    tribune-review ^ | Tribune-Review
    How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives By The Tribune-Review Sunday, March 9, 2008 Hundreds of patients each year undergo liver transplants when they don't need them, and possibly never will, a four-month Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation found. One in 10 of those patients dies when they could have lived longer without the transplant. The rest - all at the rock-bottom of waiting lists - must resign themselves to an early battle with the burdensome risks of anti-rejection drugs and complications that can follow: infections, cancers, kidney damage, and high blood sugar. What's worse, a third of those patients get the...
  • Clinton, Obama: Own up to feces throwers! (Melanie Morgan on Times Square bombing)

    03/07/2008 10:17:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1,016+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 7, 2008 | Melanie Morgan
    The improvised explosive device went off at approximately 3:45 a.m., shattering glass and twisting the building's metal frame. Some will dismiss this as just another attack on our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. But, the attack didn't take place in the Middle East – the attack against our troops took place here on American soil. The bombing of the military recruiting center located at Times Square in New York City is still under investigation. Police report a hooded individual leaving the scene on a bike just prior to the bomb's explosion. Eight Democratic politicians received letters providing a warning of...